In response to the pranks, which have been happening nearly every day in recent months, the Coast Guard is planning to adopt voice recognition software to identify the phony callers. While these challenges make it hard to eliminate fake callers, voice recognition may be able to catch the pranksters as the Coast Guard believes most of the calls originate from a small number of callers. It's not entirely clear if the Coast Guard's adoption of voice recognition technology will provide any relief from the pranksters; many software systems record an extended conversation -- up to 40 seconds of talking -- to ID a voice accurately, and callers can potentially thwart the system just by disguising how they talk. The voice recognition software likely wouldn't give the Coast Guard what it needs to make such an arrest or obtain a warrant but would be a solution that would mitigate the damage of the calls without leading to jail time for the callers.
The next president will inherit the so-called drones "playbook" created by the Obama administration in 2013 that dictated policy on drone strikes, the president's main way of striking against terrorism. The Obama administration claimed that 2,436 people were killed in 473 counter-terrorism strikes between January 2009 and the end of last year. Of those killed, the administration claimed between 64 and 116 were civilians, Vox reported. Trump has taken a particularly hard-line stance on fighting terrorism, including deliberately killing civilian families of terrorists, bringing back waterboarding and putting American terrorism suspects on military trial in a Guantánamo Bay prison.
New York bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami is reported intubated and unconscious Wednesday at University Hospital in Newark, New Jersey, where he was taken following a shootout with police. Investigators are looking for two men seen on surveillance video removing the unexploded pressure-cooker bomb from a piece of luggage. Investigators are looking for two men seen on surveillance video removing the unexploded pressure-cooker bomb from a piece of luggage. In a journal uncovered by police, Rahami reportedly praised al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and Anwar al-Awlaki, the U.S.-born Muslim cleric and al-Qaeda propagandist killed in a U.S. drone strike in 2011, as well as Nidal Hasan, the U.S. Army psychiatrist who killed 13 people at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009.